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Comment Re:You don't (Score 1) 683

I agree this is a common problem, but not for the reasons you list. The best software that I have read comes from experienced programmers, who through education and enumerable amounts of experience can construct robust designs that are elegant, powerful and scalable. Every engineer can bring ideas to the table and it is important for a work environment be conducive to criticism, design discussions and most importantly change. My suggestion is to change his code and comment it as much as possible. Sometimes people don't get the point and if you have to live with their mess, do yourself a favor and fix it. I do this everyday, fix other people's code, mumble to myself and then move on.

Comment A Bright America (Score 1) 602

This is the only way manufacturing should be done. Not only will many jobs be created, to program, design and assemble the robots, but all jobs will be well paid and exploitation free. We want this type of manufacturing to be done in the United States, it creates high quality jobs and supports the human rights standards that we as a nation believe in. I am no Apple fanboy, but this is also a huge win for their customers, because humans can not match the precision of robotic manufacturing. Good news for nerds.

Comment Losing Money (Score 1) 129

I find it interesting that most of these projects are in fact losing money. Given the level of effort and the quality of the software that is being written, I wish that there was real pay days associated with the projects, but from what I can tell no one is making much money.

Comment If you cannot math (Score 1) 583

you cannot be an engineer. Honestly, the one discipline that cannot lower its core requirements is Engineering (CS included). I agree on one hand, too many CS majors do not have a clue how to actually develop real software when they graduate college. This especially happens when CS is a part of the math (arts and science) dept, but this total focus on theory is the problem, not because the students must understand high level math. IMO, this is why CS should be a part of the Engineering college, to ensure the theory can be applied. Every engineer I know has passed Calculus 3, imho this should be a minimum req. to build systems that affect the lives of other people...just a thought.

Comment Re:Make it stop..... (Score 1) 509

Iterators are one of the most critical parts of c++ that help make generic programming powerful and efficient. You can reduce the complexity, increase conciseness and simplify logic for all containers in a generic case using templates and iterators. When you don't understand a language, it is very easy to find a strawman.

Comment Re:Mac OS X (Score 1) 467

Agreed, if you want crappy foxconn hardware, just build the computer yourself. Dual boot osx with a sensible linux distro and you will quickly wean yourself from the tyranny of cupertino. the lifetime of a hackintosh is much longer than your way overpriced shiny case apple.

Comment Calculated Risk (Score 1) 913

We have been drilling in bodies of water for over 100 years, such gross negligence for the environmental safety and the well being of the oil rig workers is criminal. Someone at BP and Transocean made a calculated risk believing that the cost of such safety system was less important than the cost of their employees and the environment. This is a disgraceful accident as it could have been easily prevented with technology we had thirty years ago, as a once supporter of offshore drilling I have realized companies and governments will always put the bottom line first and the cost of life second.

Comment Re:Let's just hope... (Score 2, Insightful) 546

I am afraid toyota's quality problems far exceed simple material issues PPS / PA46 caused by a friction lever or faulty floor mats. Toyota stopped testing their cars properly prior to launch and relied on everyone else to be their test dummies. This is gross negligence on the part of any manufacturer and now they are only beginning to pay the price. I think everyone should be scared when they press on a brake and it takes a second to begin slowing the car down. You would think when you design a car the braking system would have a pretty high priority when testing. I mean if a car company gets one piece of equipment right, it should be the one to stop the 1 ton+ bullet flying out of control. I am just waiting for all the software bugs in the ECU to come out.

Comment Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 0, Flamebait) 368

Well, Debian is actually a smart distro and still keeps kde 3.5 as the stable version of kde. this is because kde 4.0-3 has been horrific and unusable for just about anyone. Having said that, debian does try to provide the best vanilla kde experience possible and if you run kde 4 from testing or unstable (sid). Even still, I will try out 4.4 and cross my fingers, just because I used to be a kde fanboy.

Comment Re:Don't use bootcamp, but I use Fusion (Score 1, Flamebait) 396

I am going to have to disagree with you, Apple OSX isn't: "uncannily power-efficient" but rather uncannily degrading the user experience in another OS. Apple is afraid that if their users never have to adjust to OSX they will just become another PC vendor and will lose on their profit margin. The new MacBooks driver support for the flawed mouse design is bad enough in OSX, but if you try to run it on Windows natively, just forget it, I found it nearly impossible (as with Linux). Apple is the most anti-consumer computer company in existence, this can only be expected.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky